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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Shinglehouse Firm Fined For Unpermitted Frack Water Storage By DEP

DEP FINES GAS FIELD SPECIALIST INC. FOR ILLEGAL WATER TRANSFER STATION IN CLINTON COUNTY
WILLIAMSPORT – The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Gas Field Specialist Inc. of Shinglehouse, Potter County, $3,000 for operating an unpermitted residual wastewater transfer station in Dunnstable Township, Clinton County.

“DEP’s investigation in May determined that Gas Field Specialist was transporting waste ‘fracking’ water from a natural gas well in West Burlington Township, Bradford County, to three tank trailers at the Clinton County site,” said DEP Northcentral Regional Director Robert Yowell. “The fracking water was being stored there for later transport to the Jersey Shore sewage treatment plant.”

Fracking involves injecting water and chemicals deep underground to release natural gas that is locked in difficult to reach areas.

Gas Field Specialist officials told DEP the wastewater was being transported to the Clinton County site for temporary storage because the drilling site where the wastewater was generated did not have ample storage area and the Jersey Shore sewage treatment plant was unable to accept the wastewater.

The company’s operation was a violation of the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act because it did not have a DEP transfer station permit as required by law.

“DEP has since learned of several other similar operations being conducted in northcentral Pennsylvania and we will be taking appropriate enforcement action against those companies, as well,” Yowell said.

The fine was paid to the Solid Waste Abatement Fund that pays for cleanups across the state.

For more information, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: Residual Waste.

9 comments :

Anonymous said...

$3000? Wow. That'll teach 'em.

Anonymous said...

Exactly. I dumped less than a cubic yard of dirt too close to a wetland. My fine was $1,500 and I had to remove the dirt. $3,000 for a company their size, get real.

Anonymous said...

To Commonwealth of PA: This sounds like a totally technical violation- Leave them alone!

Anonymous said...

Someone is looking for funding by jamming up a company for nothing!

Anonymous said...

good thing we have the idiot police to tell us to leave them alone..all they had to have was a permit to transfer and there wouldn't have been a fine imposed...apparently someone forgot to do the paper work needed..if they didn't get caught...nobody knows the difference...get-em DEP

Anonymous said...

Totally bogus BS. Not a bit of harm done here. Just government down on the working man as usual.

KMAX

Anonymous said...

Wwe defend this paperwork snafu, but condem the paperwork snafu made by the car dealer below.

Why is this?

Anonymous said...

Because they are not selling the water?Unless of course you might like to buy some.

Anonymous said...

I KNOW THIS COMPANY AND THEY WILL DO IT AGAIN IF IT KEEPS THE FLUIDS FROM OVER FLOWING A PIT AND GOING INTO THE RIVER. THERE NOT CRIMINALS BUT HEROS IS A GOOD WORD.

IN THIS EMERGENCY I WONDER IF THE STATE EMPLOY WAS WORKING THE WEEKEND TO WRITE THAT PERMIT.